Children's Sabbath

Children's Sabbath 2019

October - December 2019
“Uniting Hearts and Voices to End Child Poverty”

The North Alabama Conference Connection to the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty invites you and your congregation to Celebrate Children’s Sabbath.

Children’s Sabbath is different from a Children’s Sunday. Children’s Sabbath does celebrate your congregation’s children, but it also is a time (during worship, study, outreach) to invite our congregations to focus on the realities of children beyond our congregation. Children’s Sabbath is a way for our congregations to help children thrive – not just survive – the systems and circumstances impacting their young lives. If October doesn’t work for your church, then pick ANY Sunday before December 31 to celebrate Children’s Sabbath.

For more information: 

CONTACT: Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, North Alabama Conference Campaign Liaison at


Read more: Why United Methodists observe Children’s Sabbath


North Alabama Children's Sabbath Congregational Tool Kit

Download the 2019 North Alabama Conference Children's Sabbath Flyer


1. Liturgy and Action Guides for Children’s Sabbath Worship:

2. “North Alabama Conference Children’s Sabbath Video” and Study Guide:

Our gratitude to Pan-Methodist Campaign Founder and Candler School of Theology Professor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Luther Smith, for sharing his wisdom on our North Alabama Conference YouTube channel.

Video available at

Download Study Guide


3. Our North Alabama Conference Children in Poverty Facts:

  • “Data Map of Children Living in Poverty in Our Annual Conference” –  The map shows the number of children who struggle in poverty within the bounds of our Annual Conference. What will WE do?   Download the October 2018 Data Map


4. Ideas for engaging schools in your congregation’s neighborhood:


5. Share Your Stories:

Email your stories to the North Alabama Conference Pan-Methodist Campaign team at


Did you know…

  • More than 26.5 % (1 in 4 children or 289,382) of Alabama’s children were poor.
  • More than 22.5 % of children lived in households that lacked access to adequate food.
  • More than 60 % of Alabama’s 4th and 8th grade public school students were unable to read at grade level.


For more information:

Contact Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, NAC Campaign Liaison  at


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